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Honor, remember loved ones touched by cancer with a free ribbon

  

INDIANAPOLIS -- (June 19, 2008) – Cancer has many faces. One of them may be yours. Others may belong to loved ones or friends.  

To celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by cancer, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is launching a campaign called Faces of Cancer both to honor and remember those with cancer.

The streets surrounding the cancer center’s new $150 million cancer patient care building will be lined with images of vibrantly colored ribbons, each with the name of someone whose life is -- or was -- touched by cancer.

Ribbons will be installed along Michigan Street, University Boulevard, and Barnhill Drive near the new building on July 19 and 20, in time for the new facility’s public open houses that are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26. The ribbon display will remain until after the first patients enter the new building for treatment just before and after the Labor Day weekend.

People interested in submitting a name or names to the Faces of Cancer ribbon campaign may go to here to request one or multiple ribbons at no cost. Those honored and remembered need not have been IU Simon Cancer Center patients.

“This display will be a powerful illustration of the number of people who have been affected by cancer,” Stephen Williams, M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and HH Gregg Professor of Oncology with the IU School of Medicine, said. “These people – and the thousands like them who will be affected by cancer in the future – are the very ones for whom we’re expanding our patient care facilities.”